We’ve just left Toronto via Air Canada for Halifax; Pad to — as he puts it — “finally start college” and me to bear witness and execute a pale imitation of the attention to detail his mother would provide in the same circumstances.
He will have to suffer through with me.
Chris is pretty much ready to roll and excited about the weeks ahead at University of Guelph Humber. Orientation Weekend social event tickets are in hand.
I hope the enthusiasm holds up as the workload increases and the newness fades to routine.
For Pad, I think there is a genuine sense of “let’s get on with it.” Typically college hockey players finish out all of their junior eligibility before becoming freshman athletes, if they get the chance at all. So he’s not a typical 17-year-old freshman like his brother.
Fewer than six per cent of the young men who play rep hockey get to advance through junior and then compete at the university level, so that provides some sobering reality to both the magnitude of the challenge at the outset and the thrill of the accomplishment at the other end, which is Dalhousie University.